Oak Hammock Marsh is a few miles north of Winnipeg and covers quite a bit of land that is kept wild. At this time of year when migration has started, it is very busy with waterfowl coming and going. A friend told me that she had seen Tundra Swans there and since I had never seen Swans in Manitoba before, I had to take a drive north to see them.
So on a chilly and damp morning a few days ago that is where I headed.
I didn’t find the exact spot where I was told the Swans were, but I drove around a bit and I think I know where I should have turned. I saw lots of Canada Geese and Snow Geese, some Mallard Ducks and Northern Harrier Hawks and a Prairie Falcon.
As I was driving I then saw some white birds headed my way and thought they were Snow Geese. As they got even with me I realized they were the Swans I had been looking for, but by then I was too late to get a picture of them. There was no place for me to turn around to follow them either, so I had to leave knowing that I had finally seen Swans in Manitoba.
I did (of course) get pictures of the other birds. 🙂
The hawk and falcon pictures are zoomed and cropped quite a bit and due to the damp, cloudy morning, are not the best pictures – but they are the best I could do under the circumstances.
I will have to head back there on a sunny morning.